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Fanfic: Eugenesis
Eugenesis (n.) The quality or condition of having strong reproductive powers; generation with full reproductive fertility between different species or races, specifically between hybrids of the first generation.

Eugenesis is a Transformers fanfic written by James Roberts. Yes, that James Roberts.

It is the year 2012, and the war between the Autobots and Decepticons is at a standstill, both sides poised for a big push. But outside the plotting and schemes of the Cybertronian forces, there are others with their own dark designs for the children of Primus, as elements of the Transformers' past long since forgotten return for their revenge.

One of the most well-known Transformers fan-fics out there, Eugenesis is a much darker and more cerebral view of everyone's favourite robots in disguise, and also very, very long. It's also not for the feint of heart, with some very grim and graphic sequences, but it isn't a mindless gore-fest. It... well, it might just be best to read the thing itself.It's also part of the Shared Universe produced by the group TMUK.

Can be found here

It also has a short (very short) follow-up named Telefunken which is included here for completeness' sake.

This Transformers fanfic contains examples of:

  • Adaptation Personality Change: Springer goes from being a heroic Autobot to a junkie.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Doubleheader.
  • A.I. Is a Crapshoot: The apparent origin behind Primus and Unicron. They're just self-aware tech gone way out of control.
  • All There in the Manual: A lot of backstory doesn't just come from The Transformers, but from other stories produced by the group TMUK.
  • Amnesia Missed a Spot: Turns out Thundercracker didn't get his memory wiped when he went back to the past.
  • An Arm and a Leg: The Quintessons manage to shoot off one of Metroplex's arms with one shot.
    • Just before they leave Aquaria, Death's Head rips off one of Galvatron's arms, repayment for their first encounter.
  • Anti-Villain: Soundwave, going off his characterization from the Marvel UK stories.
  • Anyone Can Die
  • Armor-Piercing Question: When Wheeljack points out most of Sygnet's inventions are used by the 'cons to kill, Sygnet just asks him what he thinks the Autobots do with his inventions. Wheeljack just changes the subject.
  • Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: What the Quintessons wanted, all those millions of years ago. Needless to say, it didn't work out.
  • Ate His Gun: Rung had posited Galvatron was likely to kill himself sooner or later. Soundwave briefly fears this is what's happened when he vanishes.
  • Back from the Dead: Optimus manages to bring Rodimus back from the utter brink of death with the Matrix.
    • Springer dies of a drug overdose, but an out-of-control temporal portal brings him back to life. And his first thought is finding the next circuit booster.
  • Badass: Under Soundwave's leadership, the Deceticons had actually managed to take almost all of Cybertron. Then Galvatron came back and took over.
  • Badass Crew: Decepticon Squad 117, which is considered more dangerous than the Mayhem Attack Squad, helped abduct Spanner to make the Space Bridge, and has been led by several Decepticons of note, such as Soundwave and Straxus.
  • Bad Boss: Each side's stuck with crappy leaders. Galvatron's just sitting on his throne doing things that make sense only to him, Rodimus Prime is just vacillating, and while Xenon, lord of the Quintessons is perfectly willing to kill his own people if the mood suits him, his underling Quantax is far worse.
  • Bad Future: From Optimus's point of view, the year 2012 is this. He has a point.
  • Based on a Dream: How Megatron got the idea of the Morphcore, and transformation in general. The Liege Maximo himself appeared to him in a vision and showed him the designs.
  • Based on a Great Big Lie: Every damn part of Cybertronian religion was made up by the Quintessons. The famous death-code everyone's afraid of? It's from an old software instruction manual's legal jargon. ("Something about intellectual copyright")
  • Big Good: Optimus Prime. duh.
  • Bizarre Alien Biology: A lot of information is given on the exact nature of Cybertronian and Quintessonian biology.
    • Scourge and Galvatron (and by implication, Cyclonus) are much more advanced than any other Cybertronian, which makes repairing them very difficult, and techniques designed to disable don't effect them as much.
  • Black Comedy: As Soundwave examines the statues of former Decepticon leaders, he takes a moment to note Straxus' has his head and his body.
    • Blitzwing finds Sygnet experimenting on what's left of Scourge, and asks about him. Sygnet's response? "He's not going anywhere."
    • At one point, Galavtron muses on a brightly lid torture chamber, just for the sheer hell of it.
  • Blatant Lies: Galvatron tells a fabricated account of how he (or rather, Megatron) killed Optimus Prime, to Optimus Prime. Optimus doesn't believe him for a second.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Just a cut above Downer Ending. The Autobots take back Cybertron and the Great War ends for good, but a lot of people are dead, and the incredibly fascistic Star Saber gets his hooks into the Autobots and will proceed to pervert everything they ever worked for. And Unicron's still in the Matrix.
  • Body Horror: Part of what the Quintessons inflict on the Cybertronians they capture.
    • We get a description of a Cybertronian budding. It's anything but pleasant. Apparently the birther's whole mecha-biology alters itself for the sole purpose of producing the offspring, and it hurts worse than anything else. Even worse since it's happening to Soundwave.
    • Rodimus has a flashback to what they found "Downstairs". Body Horror doesn't begin to describe what's done to the victims. The Autobots just decide to fill the whole place with cement.
  • Brain in a Jar: All that's left of the Quintessons Sevax, Jolup and Ryknia at the start of the novel.
  • Bring My Brown Pants: As the Quintessons have him on a gurney, Thunderclash leaks himself.
  • The Caligula: Galvatron, as per usual. At one point he had over two hundred troops executed as part of a conspiracy to poison his drinks.
  • Call Forward: There is the occasional mention of Shokaract, and Point Omega, which were the subject of the early Botcon stories.
    • The epilogue is filled with several. For example, Sygnet mentions he thinks that "Axalon" is a good name for a star ship.
    • Wheeljack wonders out loud about future wars, and whether those fighting those wars will call themselves something other than "Autobot" and "Decepticon".
  • Canon Foreigner: Many.
  • Canon Immigrant: Rung, who will go on to show up in Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, is mentioned here.
  • Can't Take Criticism: Rather than take a lecture from Ratchet, Rodimus asks him a question deliberately designed to throw him.
  • Chekov's Gun: The amplifying effect of the Sonic Canyons.
  • Cool Ship: The Ark's still around and still just as good as the day it was built.
  • Combining Mecha: Grand Slam and Rain Dance can merge into Slamdance. It's what saves Rain Dance's life.
  • Comic Book Death: Nightbeat survived his apparent suicide in Transformers Generation 2.
  • Continuity Porn: There's a lot of backstory and nods, including to Primon, a character mentioned in one piece of work sold at a convention and then completely forgotten.
  • Cloning Blues: in the postscript, the revived Nightbeat reflects upon the fact that he's just a clone of himself, perfectly identical in almost every detail to his previous self, except he's a clone.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Evidently Unicron felt a pressing need to give Galvatron fantastic anti-viral systems.
    • The Decepticons have hidden supplies and weapons in every nook, crater and cranny of Cybertron in preparation for their Last Big Push.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Frequently. First Aid is one of the worst.
  • Cryptic Background Reference: Several.
  • Cybertronian Resources: The Empties of Cybertron aren't too picky about where and how they get their fuel.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Quintessons take Autobot City: Earth quickly.
  • Darker and Edgier: Oh Gods, yes. Far darker than any official Transformers media, and much darker than the stories it's a continuation of.
  • Dark Fic
  • Darkest Hour: In the epilogue, Perceptor and Red Alert muse on whether the darkest has actually come yet. Red Alert weighs in with his opinion that "The darkest hour is the next one. It's always the next one."
  • Demoted to Extra: A lot of major characters from the comics aren't so important here, for various reasons.
  • Desk Jockey: Prowl. And it's all he wants out of life.
  • Determinator: Galvtron. The Inhibitor Chip is designed to permanently prevent transforming, but that doesn't stop him trying. He manages to break it, and transform, even if it does hurt like Hell.
  • Ditto Aliens: Only the really high-up Quintessons can tell Cybertronians apart.
  • Doing In the Wizard: Primus, Unicron, the Matrix, the origins of Cybertron itself, all the result of science gone wrong.
  • Doorstopper: Two-hundred and eighty two pages long.
  • Driven to Suicide: Motormaster blows himself up. Prowl exposes himself to Corroda Gravis.
  • End of an Age: The crux of the story is the beginning of the end of an era of Cybertronian history.
  • Enemy Mine: Eventually the Autobots and Decepticons decide to team-up to fight the Quintessons.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Sygnet and Skywarp used to be Autobots, at the beginning of the war.
  • Fantastic Racism: Some Cybertronians don't those Constructed Cold, like Nightbeat.
  • The Fatalist: Dreadwind, as always.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: What the Quintessons have in store for the Cybertronian race.
  • The Fighting Narcissist: Sunstreaker. When he travels back to nineteen-eighty four, he's horrified to find his corpse. No wonder, his face has completely melted and collapsed in on itself.
  • Flat Earth Atheist: Nightbeat denies the existence of Primus, despite having seen him, with his own eyes, not to mention being teleported across the universe because of Him.
  • Flanderization: An In-universe version. Sygnet sees Galvatron as the worst aspects of Megatron amplified a thousand-fold.
  • Flawed Prototype: Nightbeat was one of the first Cybertronians who were Constructed Cold, but something apparently went wrong in his construction.
  • Foreshadowing: The last chapter opens with a report dated three hundred years ahead from Greatshot to Star Saber, which foreshadows what happens at the end of the story, but also mentions downscaled bots who seem to have animal-based bodies.
    • In the epilogue, the Autobots mention they sent a copy of the Autobot Code to Star Saber, who sent it back with proposed 'amendments', a hint of what he'll do to the Autobots in the follow-up stories.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Mirage isn't popular with his fellow Autobots.
  • Functional Addict: Springer is taking steroids.
    • He stops being a functional addict at the worst possible time, managing to overdose in the middle of a siege.
  • Ghost City: Lonium has nothing. And it wasn't exactly much to write home about before it got nuked into the ground. Even the motorways went around it. The only things left are massive amounts of craters and anti-Autobot graffiti. Oh, and a tear in the fabric of space and time.
  • Godzilla Threshold: The situation with the Quintessons is so bad that Prowl and Perceptor are perfectly willing to risk breaking time itself by sending Nightbeat back to before 1984 to revive Optimus Prime.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: Wheelie's unique speech-pattern is speculated to be the result of reading Quintessonian religious texts. Ratchet apparently dismissed this as total coincidence. Given what happens later on in the story, though...
    • Implied to be the same reason the Liege Maximo turned out the way he did. He interfaced with the Matrix and learned the whole truth of its origins.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Doubleheader.
  • Gorn: And lots of it.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Back in the nineties, several Decepticons defected to the Autobots, including Carnivac and Mindwipe.
  • Heroic BSOD: Whatever Red Alert saw the Quintessons do to the Autobot Medical Centre traumatised him into silence.
  • Hero of Another Story: Throwback, an Autobot who has been jumping from reality to reality, and has been banged up so much he doesn't look like he used to.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In Optimus's eyes, this is the condition of the Autobots of 2012. He might be right.
  • Historical Rap Sheet: Sygnet has operated on several famous Decepticons throughout history, and is responsible for installing the weapons of several Decepticon leaders.
  • Hit You So Hard Your X Will Feel It: When the Quintessons place the Matrix into a device designed to examine it, several Cybertronians across the universe either feel uneasy, or try to scream.
  • Hope Spot: In the epilogue, Rodimus is narrating how things have turned around, how Kup was revived by a lucky chance, that the Thunderclash that'd died was a decoy, that Metroplex was being rebuilt, that an all new brand of Nucleon had been created, one that can bring back the dead, cure the Inhib-chips and save Prowl from Coroda Gravis. It becomes increasingly obvious as this paragraph goes on that, nope, none of that was true.
  • I Don't Like the Sound of That Place: Slaughter City, on Cybertron.
  • Ignored Expert: The First Church of Primus warned everyone that Unicron would return and attack Cybertron in either 2005 or 2006.
  • Immortal Immaturity: Rodimus is several millennia old, and yet he still acts like a brash idiot, even though he's a Prime.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Bumblebee, Treadshot.
  • Internal Retcon: General Ghyrik's last stand wasn't a one-sided ass-kicking, it was a heroic and bitter struggle for a true Quintessonian patriot. At least, that's what the rank-and-file Quintessons are told, thanks to some careful and selective editing.
  • Insistent Terminology: Evidently Straxus would call the Harvester Units (machines designed to collect corpses and drag them to the nearest smelting pool) Sanitation Units.
  • Jumped at the Call: Emyrissus eagerly accept the offer to try and assassinate Galvatron, no matter how long it took. Three years later, he's still waiting for the chance.
  • Killed Off for Real: Several big name characters on both sides perish during this story, including Bumblebee, Trypticon, Powerglide, Treadshot, Thunderclash, Warpath, First Aid, Pipes, Motormaster, Wideload, Grand Slam, Rad, Rapido, Beastbox, Squawktalk, Sixshot, Kup, Tracks, Omega Supreme, Prowl, Grimlock, Doubleheader, and Rewind.
    • Sideswipe apparently dies, but the sequel story reveals he survived.
    • As far as Prowl's concerned, Optimus Prime has been dead since nineteen eighty-seven. The Optimus that led the Autobots from nineteen eighty-eight 'till two-thousand and five was just a clone.
  • Killer Robot: A Guardian robot, again. Apparently they're Wheeljack's fault. Nightbeat encounters one that's gotten religious.
  • Klingon Scientists Get No Respect: Considering some of the things Decepticon "scientists" do, they're just lucky not to get lynched.
  • Large And In Charge: Nightbeat's observation of the original, pre-Earth Optimus Prime, large and blocky, a staple of Golden Age design. He also notes that this meant Optimus was also dreadfully fuel-inefficient by modern standards.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia / Laser-Guided Karma: The Quintecons get their memories wiped, end up on Earth in the nineteen eightes, and will eventually wind up getting killed and having their brains replaced with... their brains.
  • Last Stand: Kup, against an army of Sharkticons. He doesn't make it.
  • Loose Lips: Hosehead manages to tell a time-displaced Optimus Prime exactly how and when he will die.
  • Loss of Identity: Part of the Quintesson's plan for crushing Cybertronian rebellion.
  • MacGuffin: The Matrix, natch. The Quintessons want to use it to recreate their race.
  • Made a Slave: What the Quintessons plan to do to the entire Cybertronian race.
    • What Unicron did to the Quintessons, along with making them unable to reproduce.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: The origin of Primus and Unicron. They're either gods, or the result of a programming mess-up and theft gone horribly wrong. Of course, the person who reveals the 'true origin' to us isn't the most trustworthy source around, but then again...
  • Meaningful Name: God. As in the Quintesson super-computer Genetics and Ontological Deconstruction, design to decode every last aspect of the Matrix, and figure out how to create life.
    • New Quintyxia, because it will be new beginning for the Quintessons. As for old Quintyxia, see below.
  • The Mole: Doubleheader is a Decepticon agent, assigned to assassinate Rodimus Prime, and no-one ever suspected a thing.
  • Mythology Gag: The First Church of Primus's prediction is that Unicron would either return in 2005 (as he did in the movie) or 2006 (as he did in the comics.)
  • New Era Speech: Quantax's speech to what's left of the Autobots and Decepticons.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: As it turns out, Nightbeat is the one responsible for the Ark not having information on the war, and its subsequent rebuilding of Autobot and Decepticon alike.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Soundwave is the key to disabling the inhibitor chips, thanks to his telepathy.
  • Noodle Incident: Apparently at some point Swerve and Pincher tried to create a copy of Optimus Prime. Whatever it was they did, they're still incredibly unpopular because of it.
  • No Paper Future: The Autobots don't have paper, but they still have paperwork.
  • Nothing Is Scarier: The old Decepticon fort on Earth is completely abandoned and stripped clean, with no-one having set foot there in well over a decade. The Autobots still don't want to linger.
    • We're never told what exactly happens "Downstairs", and that's probably for the best. But we do see some of the results.
  • Not Good with People: Prowl, in spades.
  • Not in This for Your Revolution: Sygnet doesn't really care about the war. He just wanted recognition for his science, and would gladly have gone off with Jhiaxus and his lot had Ratbat not persuaded him to stay.
  • Not Now, Kiddo: Quantax refuses to listen to a soldier who is trying to tell him about something, even going as far as to kill the guy. Turns out he really should've listened.
  • Not Quite Dead: Death's Head repeatedly survives injuries that should kill him.
    • Thunderclash might have survived the Quintesson's experiments. Ultra Magnus certainly finds his brain intact.
  • Not So Stoic: Prowl actually yells at Rodimus and Thunderclash at one point.
    • He later snaps at Kup as well.
  • Nuke 'em: A lot of Cybertron's surface has been nuked repeatedly.
  • Off with His Head!: Decaptation is the Quintesson's favourite method of killing someone.
  • Oh, Crap: Chromedome, and then Prowl's reaction when they find two thousand Quintesson ships heading their way.
    • The reaction of every Decepticon around when they see Soundwave giving birth. Even worse when they see what the newborn looks like: A Quintesson.
  • Older Than They Look: Nightbeat, of all people.
  • Only Mostly Dead: Rodimus just barely survives his assassination attempt. Most of his body is utterly gone, and he's out of action for the rest of the story.
  • Outgrown Such Silly Superstitions: The re-appearance of Primus and Unicron caused the appearance of theo-scientists, who take an unnervingly detached approach to their species' origins. However, even they don't understand how the Matrix works. And everyone refuses to use their built-in kill-switches.
  • Past-Life Memories: Galvatron remembers everything about his lives, both as Galvatron and Megatron. He even remembers things he logically shouldn't be able to.
  • Percussive Maintenance: A Quintesson takes to kicking a non-compliant machine, despite knowing full well it won't work.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Prowl never stops frowning.
    Narrator: "It was as if the corners of his mouth were somehow more susceptible to Cybertron's moderate gravity."
  • Preemptive "Shut Up": Soundwave to Sixshot, who is trying to engage in pleasantries. Soundwave's just there to kill him. He succeeds effortlessly.
  • Psychic Link: Soundwave is always connected to his cassettes. This is how he knows Beastbox and Squawktalk died in the Polyhex Massacre.
  • Psychic Static: Soundwave can't read Galvatron's mind. He can recognise its presence, but he can't get anything from it.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Optimus manages to mix one with a rousing speech. The fact that the crowd of Autobots and Decepticons cheer anyway hurts him badly.
  • Reassigned to Antarctica: Nightbeat's opinion of his reassignment.
  • Religion of Evil: The Quintessons have a form of religion, which is just as twisted and creepy as they are.
  • Remember the New Guy: Among the famous Decepticon leaders of years past is Scarab, whom we've never heard of before.
  • The Reveal: The Quintessons were enslaved by Unicron and turned into warriors. They can't help being violent sadists, their very essence was warped by It.
    • Cybertron used to be Quintyxia, the Quintesson's homeworld. The Matrix reformatted the place, and the Quintessons improved on it. And in order to keep the early Cybertronian workers in line, they made up Primus.
    • Unicron meanwhile, used to be Quiniad, the Quintesson's first colony world, and the result of a virus turned sentient and completely deluded.
  • Riddle for the Ages: Apparently there were prototype Arks, which went missing. Nightbeat and Optimus Prime used to spend long hours pondering what'd happened to them.
  • Robot Religion: Cybertron used to have one, but with the war and the return of Unicron their religion has splintered and fractured and schismed repeatedly.
  • Room Full of Crazy: One of the walls of the old Decepticon base on Earth is covered in mementos of Shockwave's Sanity Slippage.
  • Sanity Slippage: Kup gradually gets more and more insane after Rodimus is injured.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Unicron is still sealed inside the Matrix, and he can't be removed.
  • Sense Freak: The three Quintessons take a while to adjust to being in actual bodies again. Mention is made that they kept passing out from the sheer amount of sensory input.
  • Shame If Something Happened: Sygnet reveals that the only reason he's still a Decepticon is because Ratbat pulled this on him.
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: Sixshot was badly scarred by the last Quintesson invasion. So much so that he refuses to fight the current one. It gets him killed by Shockwave.
  • Shoot the Dog: Soundwave realises Rev-Tone has a tracer implanted in him, and puts him out of his mercy. He nearly gets killed by the Autobots. Either way, it's too late to stop the Quintessons finding them.
  • Shout-Out: The name of Megatron's pre-war journals? My Struggle.
  • Sketchy Successor: Prowl has a gut feeling that putting Springer in charge might be a bad move. The follow up stories prove him right in all the worst ways.
  • Snap Back: That massive restoration of Cybertron at the end of The Transformers didn't last very long. In twenty years, Cybertron's managed to get worse.
  • Soapland Christmas: The bulk of the story takes place around Christmas 2012. The Quintessons invade Cybertron, beat the Autobots and Decepticons and start up their concentration camp on Christmas Day.
  • Something Only They Would Say: Galvatron realises Optimus really is Optimus when he keeps his word and releases Galvatron.
  • Stable Time Loop: The origin of the three 'Decepticons' the Quintessons find.
  • Stating the Simple Solution: Apparently it wouldn't be that difficult for someone to just go to Vs'Qs and retrieve Optimus Prime's body, and yet no-one seems to be in a big hurry to go.
  • Strapped to an Operating Table: The Quintessons have been abducting Cybertronians from both sides and experimenting on them. During the story, they take Galvatron and Thunderclash as well.
    • Blitzwing stumbled upon Project: Rebirth, which involved a poor sap named Lancer being nailed to an operating table. He's still haunted by it, twenty-six years later.
  • Surprisingly Sudden Death: Grimlock gets shot and killed midsentence while talking to Ultra Magnus.
  • Taking You with Me: Haxian appears to kill himself, and when Siren and Death's Head investigate, he promptly explodes.
  • Tempting Fate: Invoked and Lampshaded. Centurion says he's going back to Earth once everything's over. Sygnet helpfully points out that people who say that tend to die.
  • Those Two Guys: Quark and Rev-Tone. They don't make it.
  • Time Abyss: A Quintesson can last seventy-million years before dying of old age.
  • Time Travel: Neither side has time-travel technology since the Time War (no, not that Time War) four years ago.
  • Tranquil Fury: Kup, when he hears a particularly dry report from Prowl, quickly and calmly shoots the nearby speakers.
    • Sounwave's reaction to birthing a Quintesson: "Get me a gun."
  • Transforming Mecha: The Lithonians and Junkions are mentioned, and the thing that distinguishes Cybertronians from all other 'mechapolymorphic' races is how fast they transform.
  • Tyrant Takes the Helm: Prowl hates the idea of Grimlock and his supporters being in charge again.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Soundwave has been nothing but loyal to Galvatron, and the cause in general, but Galvatron still wants an excuse to kill him.
  • War Is Hell: And don't you forget it. Lots of tropes typical of Transformers fiction get subverted or cruelly denied, and there's a lot of messy deaths, and a mention that Cybertron used to be a thriving culture, which is completely gone.
  • We Have Reserves: As long as one Decepticon dies, Xenon is perfectly willing to lose half his air force in the attempt.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: The Quintessons see themselves as this, seeing as they're restoring Cybertron's grandeur and solving its historical energy crisis. They really, really, really aren't.
    • Except Xenon, who really does want to end the Quintesson's war-like ways.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Wheeljack and Sygnet.
  • Windows of the Soul: Ultra Magnus spots the difference between the Optimus Prime he knew and the one he's looking at by the eyes.
  • Wham Episode: The last chapter, specifically the part involving the Quintesson base on Aquarius is one massive Wham Episode.
  • Wham Line: "I asked if you ever wondered what it was like to die." - Doubleheader.
    • "We want you to bring back Optimus Prime."
    • "Ever since Unicron captured the Progenitors, we've been a warrior race." Suddenly the perspective on the Quints is changed.
    • Galvatron ran to the edge of the walkway and stared at the bodies. He recognised them. - "Them" being the new Quintessons.
    • Seconds later, we get this: "I ask because you seem to think we're younger than you are. And because you seem to regard "Primus" and "Unicron" as different things."
    • "Do I have to spell it out for you? The Masters called this software P.R.I.M.U.S."
  • Would Be Rude to Say "Genocide": The Straxian Holocaust, where Straxus killed a large swath of Cybertron's already depleted population for whatever reason he could find.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Quantax decides that once New Quintxyia is settled, the Sharkticons will be recycled en-masse.
  • Your Head Asplode: Optimus Prime utilises Frenzy, Thundercracker and the Sonic Canyons (known for their amplifying effect) to invoke this on the Quintesson army.

Telefunken contains examples of:

  • Bad Future: As bad as it gets. The Autobots have turned into fascists, and the Decepticons have turned into Unicron-worshippers.
  • Blatant Lies: Rodimus Prime is in fine health.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: The Unnamed Autobot notices the turrets of Iacon face inward. Star Saber's reaction? Declare him an anarchist.
  • Doing In the Wizard: What Autobot High Command and its theoscientists and timeliners are doing, along with everyone else, so that the "One True Origin" of the Cybertronian race is basically derided.
  • Fake Memories: The Neogens were given these as a survival mechanism. Apparently one of them was given every fake memory possible. The Unnamed Autobot can't remember what it was. Kip, or Kap, he thinks.
    • Newborns have these as well. The Autobots have improved on Prime Nova's old ideas. The new Neogens have brilliantly crafted false pasts of incredible depth and complexity. Such Neogens as Tarantulus.
  • Foreshadowing: The Unnamed Autobot mentions rumours of scientists huddled over their work muttering about "''Maximised'' speed, ''maximised'' efficiency", and that one Newborn who realised what he was took off and started a new sect, with a name based on that phrase...
  • It's All About Me: The least of Star Saber's problems. Even when the other Autobots are worried about a possible resurgence of Unicron, Star Saber is annoyed they're putting their faith in prophecy, rather than him.
  • Oh, Crap: The final line mentions that, thanks to Unicron influencing the Matrix, the Matrix Flame is burning black.
  • Slowly Slipping Into Evil: A lot of Autobots who are still alive are thuggish or threatening to their own people.
  • Start My Own: Whether intentionally or not, Ultra Magnus has managed to create a small cult of Quintesson worshippers, thanks to what he learned on Aquaria.
  • Start of Darkness: For Tarantulas.
  • The Bus Came Back: The Unnamed Autobot is from Aspects of Evil, a short storyline from the tail-end of The Transformers. This story is the framing device for that story.
  • Un-Person: Several Autobots protested against one of Star Saber's acts, and mysteriously "vanished".
  • Wham Line: "What's his name again?" "Tarantulas."
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